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Save Your Vision Month Resources from our Old Bridge, NJ, Senior Living Community

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With Save Your Vision Month taking place across the U.S. for the month of March, the healthcare team at Reformed Church Home encourages seniors of all ages to learn about vision health – or in other words, to see it with their own eyes!

According to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, about 142 million Americans over the age of 40 experience vision problems. And millions of those people have visual disabilities that can be addressed with corrective treatment. As you consider your eye health throughout this month and, ideally, year-round, here are some tips to keep your eyes healthy for many years to come.

1. Go in for eye exams regularly

Routine eye exams are key to maintaining strong eye health and catching any potential problems early on. Comprehensive eye exams consist of vision tests, discussion of your eye health history and the vision health history of your family, eye pressure tests to check for glaucoma, and examination of your eyes before and after dilation. These tests allow optometrists or ophthalmologists to detect any development of eye diseases and assess whether you may need glasses or contacts. Catching problems like glaucoma early on is the best way to prevent vision loss down the line.

2. Eat well

Although the long-touted belief that carrots give you great eyesight might be oversold, there is truth in the fact that eating well can help prevent age-related vision problems. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin E have the potential to help your eyesight in the long run. Some foods with these nutrients include green leafy vegetables, oily fish, oysters, pork, citrus fruits, eggs, nuts, beans, and more.

3. Protect your eyes with sunglasses or safety glasses

Exposing your eyes to harsh sunlight or hazardous situations can cause significant damage to your vision. Wearing sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays will help shield your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays and reduce your chance of cataracts or macular degeneration. Safety eyewear will meanwhile help keep your eyes safe during work involving hazardous airborne materials like sawdust. Eye protection is also key for sports like ice hockey and racquetball.

4. Take breaks from screen time

Many of us nowadays have to sit in front of computers for hours at a time for work, reading, writing, and scrolling. To protect your eyes from strain or damaged vision, you should take breaks from the screen and focus on objects in the distance. Be sure to also take extended breaks away from your computer every two hours or so.

5. Quit smoking

Smoking can cause significant damage to your eye health, including cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. Quitting smoking (or never starting to begin with) can go a long way toward helping keep your eyes healthy for many years to come.

For more information about senior living at Reformed Church Home, contact Andrea Walls, Director of Marketing at (732) 607-9230 or awalls@rchnj.org.

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